Queer TV

I’ve been watching Queer Eye for the Straight Guy since it started on BravoTV three weeks ago. I read somewhere that Bravo, which is owned by NBC, had the highest ever viewership for this premiere. Apparently, it was so successful that NBC presented a half-hour teaser version one night last week after Will and Grace.

It’s a funny and cute show, but I can’t help but feel occaisionally embarassed for the straight guy when the gay guys – known as the Fab 5 – cruelly put him under the microscope. Some of them are so vicious, as only queens can be. Waving the victim’s skid-marked skivvies around like a flag goes beyond tasteful and isn’t funny at all as far as I’m concerned. It’s juvenile, gross and unnecessary. Really, shit happens to all of us.

Now that I’ve watched the third episode, I’m getting pretty tired of the formula and the nasty sniping. I suspect there’s a lot of other viewers who feel the same way. After a few more “makeovers” I’m gonna bet that half the audience will be gone.

I didn’t see the half-hour NBC teaser but I wonder if they included some of the more gross moments, and whether the teaser increased the viewership for the hour-long show on Bravo.

As for Boy Meets Boy, it was exactly like ABC’s The Bachelor. So formula. The twist in this one is that some of the 15 men are straight. Foul, I cry! Why is that necessary? Did the original of any of these so-called reality dating series ever include homos as candidates for the single person to try to weed out? No. Still, like a train wreck, I’ll probably watch it. For a while, anyway.

4 thoughts on “Queer TV

  1. I have yet to see either show (I know – I’m always the last on the bandwagon) but the sentiments you’ve described seem to be the general feel that I’ve gotten from other people, too. The Boy Meets Boy show in particular is so, so, SO wrong – you made the point perfectly about how there were no gay ‘decoys’ in the other straight reality shows.<br><br>Though now I bet there will be.

  2. You made a great point about Boy Meets Boy. They dont’ have a homo spoiler in any of the Bachelor or Bachelorette series. Hmm…. why not? Too icky? Puh.

  3. I’ve watched Queer Eye since the beginning. I’m sorry, I love it. I love it because it’s not me that those nasty queens are putting under a microscope. I thought last Tuesday’s episode was really sweet. I loved the straight guy. Boy Meets Boy…eh…you’re right it’s a train wreck that I can’t help but watch. I usually hate those shows but I had to watch because of the gay factor. Having straight guys on the show is just wrong. I just want to smack that actor guy. I don’t know why I just wanna smack him.

  4. I don’t see anything wrong with QEandSoOn, we’re still loving it. The last guy wasn’t as much of a challenge as the first one, I thought, but it’s still superfunny. I don’t find anything nasty about it either. It may not be as "correct" as other makeover shows, but that’s what makes it so special. On Mondays I can hardly wait for the new episode, and can’t see myself getting tired of it. So you have a Fab 5 favorite?

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